Cubs Draft: Max Debiec, RHP, O’Dea
The final kid on this list fits the overall theme of pitching. Already standing 6-foot-7, 200 pounds, Max Debiec is an intriguing prospect. He has seen his draft stock improve in recent months with various strong performances at tournaments.
While scouts could see Debiec’s direction either as a starter or as a reliever go, either way, it seems most likely he will fit an organization as a reliever. The righty carries a smooth delivery and easy arm action through the zone to the plate and has a four-pitch mix of a fastball, curveball, slider, and changeup.
Debiec’s fastball appears to be the best of his repertoire. It packs a serious punch, and as an 18-year-old, it is already an impressive pitch. It tops out at 97 mph with a range between 92-94 mph. Since last year he has added some speed to his fastball. His secondary pitches need some work; however, they will most likely develop with time and age.
Debiec gives off the vibes of a young Tyler Glasnow, which would be a great ceiling to reach for if he so chooses to forego his verbal commitment to the University of Washington. While Debiec does not align with some of the other top talents, he does provide maybe the best opening of the other two prospects listed.
The Cubs have a great facility as fans know and utilize their pitch lab to the greatest of their ability. A young talented addition such as Debiec would help deepen the pitching talent and allow another big arm to grow within the organization.